Picture of Chris Davis

FREE Case Review

Complete the form below or call us at 206-727-4000 to have your case reviewed by our attorneys for free.

Asleep-At-The-Wheel Accident Attorneys

Drowsy Driving Settlements & Lawsuits in Washington

driving drowsy sleepy driver accidentSleep-caused car accidents are almost always the fault of the drowsy driver who has a legal duty of care.  Drivers have an obligation to drive safely—being mindful of the safety and wellbeing of themselves and others.  Drivers that fall asleep at the wheel have violated their legal duty of care and are legally responsible for the damages they cause. 

Davis Law Group has extensive experience with car and pedestrian collisions caused by drowsy drivers that have caused serious accidents. 

Sleeping Driver Accident Settlements

These are just a few of our firm's successful drowsy driving crash settlements.

  • $4 Million Settlement For Family Of Woman Killed By Sleeping Driver Read The Client Story
  • $300,000 Settlement in Asleep-At-The-Wheel Delivery Truck Accident
  • $55,533 Crash Caused By Asleep-At-The-Wheel Driver (Case No. 201009, Insurance Company: Safeco)

Vehicle Crashes Caused By Drivers Who Fell Asleep

Drowsy driving crashes are most frequently cases by commercial drivers; shift workers; drivers with sleep disorders (sleep apnea); drivers taking sedative medications; and those who don’t get adequate sleep. 

More than a third of drivers report having fallen asleep behind the wheel at some point in their lives, and more than one in ten has fallen asleep behind the wheel in the past year.

Drowsy Driving Accident Statistics

In 2014 there were 846 fatalities that were drowsy-driving-related. These reported fatalities (and drowsy-driving crashes overall) have remained largely consistent across the past decade. Between 2005 and 2009 there was an estimated average of 83,000 crashes each year related to drowsy driving.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates that 2.5% of fatal crashes and 2% of injury crashes involve a driver that has fallen asleep-at-the-wheel.  Other organizations estimate that 5,000 or 6,000 fatal crashes each year may be caused by drowsy drivers.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates that drowsy driving was responsible for 72,000 crashes, 44,000 injuries, and 800 deaths in 2013. However, these numbers are underestimated and up to 6,000 fatal crashes each year may be caused by drowsy drivers

Your Questions Answered, Your Legal Options Explained

Davis Law Group has represented countless victims of motor vehicle accidents caused by a drowsly driver that fell asleeep at the wheel. If you have been injured by a driver who fell asleep and caused an accident, it may be in the best interests of you and your family to consult with an attorney about your legal options.

If you or a loved one has been injured in an accident our legal staff is here to help you better understand your legal rights so you can start your journey to justice.  Call Davis Law Group at 206-727-4000 or use the contact form on this page to schedule a free consultation.


Currin, Andrew. "Drowsy Driving Crashes and Fatalities." National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). U.S. Department of Transportation, 02 Mar. 2017. Web.

Bunn, T. L., S. Slavova, T. W. Struttmann, and S. R. Browning. "Sleepiness/fatigue and Distraction/inattention as Factors for Fatal versus Nonfatal Commercial Motor Vehicle Driver Injuries." Accident Analysis & Prevention 37.5 (2005): 862-69. Print.

"Drowsy Driving: Asleep at the Wheel." Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 05 Nov. 2015. Web.

National Center on Sleep Disorders Research (NCSDR), National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), and National Institutes of Health. "Drowsy Driving & Automobile Crashes." National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. U.S. Department of Transportation, 1998. Web.

expert attorneys seattle washington

Below are just a few of the many bicycle accident cases that have been successfully resolved by Davis Law Group

$500,000 Crash Caused By Driver Impaired By Drugs (Case No. 201034, Insurance Company: GEICO)